STAFF

Paul Foreman

Camp Director

USA

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Paul comes to Vietnam from Washington, DC, USA, where he worked as a music teacher and childcare professional for many years. He holds a degree in International Relations from Pomona College in Southern California, and he is a certified lifeguard, surf coach, and English teacher. He has taught at summer camps and organized summer programs for children for eleven years, and this will be Paul’s fifth summer with APC. In addition to his home country, Paul has lived in Russia, Australia, and the Philippines. In his spare time Paul loves surfing in the Pacific Ocean, playing five different musical instruments, and studying new languages.

Charlotte Friend

Program Director

England

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Charlotte is excited to return for a third year as Program Director at APC! She comes from England and has lived and worked as an English teacher in Italy. Charlotte will be making sure that every camper has a busy, engaging schedule of activities, and she has some new evening activities planned as well. She brings experience from Camp California in Croatia and summer camps in the United States. She has been certified as a lifeguard in the US and UK, and she can speak four languages. Her favorite activities are kayaking, poi spinning, and random games!

Cameron Brownrigg

APC On Tour

South Africa

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This will be Cam’s fifth year with APC, and his first year leading APC On Tour, our new adventure program for older campers. Originally from South Africa, Cam has lived in Vietnam for 17 years and is fluent in Vietnamese. He is one of our most experienced counselors on the ropes course and he developed many of the programs and safety procedures we currently use. He is also a professional scuba diving instructor, working in Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. In his free time he enjoys playing all kinds of sports including basketball and rock climbing as well as playing drums. If you’re interested in ropes activities or the waterfront, you will be spending a lot of time with Cameron!

Zach Aitken

Head Counselor

Scotland

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Zach is looking forward to returning to the APC family for his fifth summer in Phan Thiet! He will be leading the team of counselors throughout the summer. Zach comes all the way from Scotland, and he will be sharing his years of experience playing and coaching soccer (though he prefers to call it football). Zach has spent four years as an English teacher in Hanoi and one year directing soccer camps in the United States. His favorite activities include soccer, golf, and boogie boarding!

Matthew Ross-Thompson

Matthew Ross-Thompson

Sports, Ropes, and Waterfront Counselor

England

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Matt has been a full-time outdoor instructor for several years, and his travels have taken him to Tanzania, Ireland, Poland, Australia, France, China, Malaysia, and many other countries. His favorite activities include high ropes, kayaking, and archery. Matt enjoys pulling kids away from computer screens and getting them into the outdoors to experience the world. Matt has worked seasons at many camps before, but this will be his first season with APC!

Armel Irvin Lazarraga

Nurse

Philippines

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This will be Armel’s fifth summer working at APC, and he is excited to care for the campers again! Armel is a registered nurse and experienced artist, and his duties include both caring for the health and safety of campers and helping them create beautiful things in Arts & Crafts! Armel comes from the Philippines and is proud to share the culture and traditions of his home country with the APC family!

Bethan Viney

APC On Tour

England

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Bethan is from England, and she loves teaching sports and climbing ropes! This will be Bethan’s third summer with APC, and she will be leading APC On Tour for the first year of the new program. She has worked as a schoolteacher and netball coach in her home country, and she has a degree in Sport Science. Bethan’s love of travel has also taken her to Thailand, Ghana, Hong Kong, and the Philippines! Her other favorite APC activities include badminton and gymnastics. If you love to play sports, you will definitely get a chance to meet Bethan this summer!

Eleanor Kelly

Waterfront and Sports Counselor

England

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This is Eleanor’s second summer with APC, and her third summer of camp! She previously worked at Camp Hazen in Connecticut, and she loved the experience so much that she’s ready to share the American camp experience with children in Vietnam. Eleanor loves traveling the world, and she recently went to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She also loves making music and going to festivals. Eleanor is a certified lifeguard with a degree in Sport Development. She also really enjoys teaching kayaking, so if you love to be in the water, you’re going to see a lot of Eleanor this summer!

Cameron McKay

Cameron McKay

Waterfront, Sports, and Adventure Counselor

Australia

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Cam’s arrival will be an important new experience for APC – after five years, he is the very first counselor to come to APC from Australia! He has completed a degree in Psychology and worked with troubled youth in his home country, as well as working as a teacher in India. Cam’s home town is the famous surf destination of Gold Coast, Queensland, and he has been surfing his whole life. This summer he will take a break from teaching his 12 year old brother to surf, and come teach APC campers instead!

Rachel Lawrence

Adventure, Sports, and Waterfront Counselor

New Zealand

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Rachel is the latest in a long tradition of Kiwis who run climbing and ropes activities at APC. She enjoys kayaking, surfing, and anything outdoors. Rachel also loves having adventures hitchhiking around her home of New Zealand, and making bush art from natural materials found in the wild. She just finished a year of working in Australia leading students in high ropes, abseiling, and rock climbing, and she’s ready for more at APC!

Ahzlina Leaton

Arts, Sports, and Waterfront Counselor

England

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Ahzlina was born in Malaysia, grew up in England, and recently traveled all over South East Asia. This will be her first summer with APC, and she is excited to bring her experiences as a traveler to our campers. Azhlina is a certified teaching assistant in the UK, where she also enjoys surfing and hockey. If you enjoy playing sports, creating art, or getting in the water, you’ll get a chance to have fun with Ahzlina this summer!

Douglas Hammond

Sports and Waterfront Counselor

England

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Doug comes from England, and recently completed some adventures traveling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. At home he served as the captain of tennis and rugby teams throughout his youth, and he is excited to bring his love of sports to campers. He also enjoys music and drama, and he once played bass in a rock band with his two brothers. His travels have taken him all over the world, and this summer you will see him having fun on the beach with APC!

Natasha Michaelis

Natasha Michaelis

Arts and Sports Counselor

England

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Natasha comes from Leeds, England, and she is currently completing her degree in Psychology from York St. John University. Natasha loves to travel and she currently serves as the chair of the Asian Cultural Society at her university. She has also studied Graphic Design and she enjoys drawing and jewelry making. Natasha has worked as a tutor and Girl Guide leader, and she is ready for a summer of fun guiding and caring for campers as part of the APC family!

Fransina Breedt

Camp Photographer

South Africa

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Fransina is coming to Vietnam for the very first time, to document the APC experience for the campers as Camp Photographer. She has worked as a professional photographer for several years in her home town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. In addition to photography and the arts, Fransina loves traveling, spending time in the outdoors and having adventures. She also spent a year caring for children as an au pair, and she is ready to have fun with kids again at APC’s beach this summer!

Oisin Bennett

Arts and Sports Counselor

Ireland

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Oisin is coming to hot sunny Vietnam from cold rainy Ireland for the very first time this year! He is a student of medicine and he will be spending his summer holiday at the beach with APC campers. He discovered the joys of working with kids while volunteering at a primary care clinic in Uganda, and he has also spent two summers with Irish language Gaeltacht camps in his home country. Oisin loves rugby and all kinds of different sports, but his favorite activity is music – he plays guitar and piano and sings, so he’s excited to help lead the APC Camp Band!

Vicky Sterritt

Arts and Ropes Counselor

New Zealand

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Vicky comes from New Zealand, where she has explored the Craigieburn Range of mountains as an outdoor educator and guide. She has also worked as a leader with Treasure Island in Hong Kong for four seasons. Vicky has also been to China, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and Nepal as part of her travel adventures. Vicky loves playing guitar and ukulele, and she is ready for her second summer at the beach with APC!

Dan Wu

Dan Wu

Sports and Arts Counselor

Hong Kong

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Dan was born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong, educated in England and worked in America – so he already has firsthand experience learning about different cultures and backgrounds. Dan spent last summer as a counselor with Kennolyn Camps in the United States, leading arts and crafts activities including ceramics and pottery. He is currently completing a degree in Design in England, and he enjoys working with younger campers and helping them adjust to new environments. This will be Dan’s first summer of adventure with APC!

Hannah McSweeney

Sports and Adventure Counselor

Ireland

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Hannah is new to APC, but she has been preparing for it for years – Hannah’s older sister Eleanor was an APC counselor in 2014 and 2015, and Hannah is now following her footsteps. Hannah brings years of ropes and rock climbing experience to our campers, and she also loves sports like hockey and badminton. In Ireland, Hannah has been a rock climbing instructor, arts and crafts teaching assistant, and childcare worker. She’s currently a student at university, but she will be taking the summer holiday to bring her love of climbing to APC campers!

Ciara Robotham

Sports and Adventure Counselor

Ireland

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Ciara comes from County Kildare in the Irish countryside, and she loves all kinds of athletics! She has competed in triathlon and cross-country running events for many years. Her favorite event is the steeplechase, a 3000-meter run over hurdles and water jumps. Ciara has served as the Safety Officer of her university rock climbing club and trained hundreds of students in belaying and climbing safety. She also loves kayaking, surfing, Irish dance, speaking three languages, studying science at university, and basically just doing everything! This will be Ciara’s very first summer of fun at the beach with APC!

Vojtech Plesak

Sports, Adventure, and Waterfront Counselor

Czech Republic

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Vojtech is the very first APC counselor from the Czech Republic, and he has a long history of camping and outdoor activities in his home country as a youth. As a Scout and Rover, he learned wilderness survival, and he will help our campers this summer as they build fires, design shelters, and learn techniques of living in nature. He also enjoys archery and photography, and you will probably see him kayaking or swimming too. Vojtech likes the unconventional travel and work lifestyle, getting to know different cultures around the world as a participant, not just an observer. He has worked as a teacher in schools in Nepal and Ecuador, and now he will bring his talents to Vietnam for a summer at the beach!

Amy Moren-Rees

Amy Moren-Rees

Waterfront and Sports Counselor

Denmark

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Amy will be the very first APC counselor from Denmark, and we are excited to have her unique cultural background on our team. Amy has been a professional lifeguard and swimming instructor for several years, and if you want to get in the pool or learn lifeguarding at camp, Amy will be there to help you. Amy has wanted to go back to camp ever since spending a summer at camp in the United States, and we are happy to welcome her to APC for her first summer in Vietnam!

Cian Dreyer

Sports and Adventure Counselor

Ireland

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Cian is a climber, a sailor, a rugby player, and a student in his home country of Ireland. He has served as the captain of his university’s climbing club, and he is ready to bring his passion for climbing to APC campers in Vietnam. He also loves surfing in the cold Atlantic, and he is excited to try doing it in warm water without a wetsuit! Cian has never been to Asia before, but his adventures have already brought him to South Africa, Ethiopia, Denmark and all around Europe. If you enjoy high ropes, sports, or surfing, you will definitely see Cian this summer!

Craig McBride

Sports Counselor

Scotland

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Craig is only the second APC counselor ever to come from Scotland, and he will be sharing his unique culture and background with us at camp for the first time. Craig enjoys football, badminton, yoga, cycling, and running. He has completed two marathons, and last year he finished 6th place in the Hanoi Half Marathon. He has also ridden a bicycle from London, England to Edinburgh, Scotland. Craig has been an English teacher in Hanoi for a year, and he is excited to try life in Southern Vietnam at APC!

Connor De Ardenne

Adventure, Sports, and Waterfront Counselor

New Zealand

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Connor grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand, and he’s always enjoyed sports and the outdoors. Connor loves adventure so much that he once spent three months riding a bicycle 7800km across the United States! His favorite activities include rugby, rock climbing, and kayaking. Connor has just spent a few years working in Australia and now he’s ready to spend the summer at the beach here in Vietnam!

Rebekah Draper

Rebekah Draper

Arts Counselor

England

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This will be Rebekah’s first summer at APC, and her second summer at camp – last year, she
worked as a dance instructor at a camp in the United States, and she loved it so much she
decided to come to camp in Vietnam! Rebekah has been dancing since she was four years
old, and she has been teaching dance in her home country of England for the last five years.
She also enjoys painting, drawing, and arts and crafts, and she is excited to share her
passion with campers this summer!

Joshua Young

Camp Photographer

USA

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Joshua is from Atlanta, Georgia, where he has worked as a professional photographer for
several years. He comes from a big family with many children, and he’s from a very hot and
humid place, so he will fit right in at APC! In addition to photography, Joshua enjoys yoga,
cooking, and meditation, and he is hoping to bring some of his other passions to APC
campers. He considers himself a lifelong learner, and he hopes to learn about Vietnam while
teaching at camp!

Katie Burgess

Sports, Arts, and Adventure Counselor

Ireland

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Katie has loved the outdoors her whole life, and she has been involved in scouting and camping organizations in her home country of Ireland for many years. This will be her first summer with APC, but she has already spent 6 summers at camps in the United States and Croatia. Katie loves arts and crafts, woodworking, and many different sports. She just finished a winter season in the snowy French Alps, and she’ll be heading back to some hot sunny weather at the beach this summer at APC!